I was contacted today by my county tax appraiser ( Hernando County Florida) regarding my property rental that I live in. She said I am most likely in violation of the Homestead tax deduction laws for owner occupied properties - and that I needed to provide to her, (1.) when I first listed my home for rental AND (2.)what dates it was rented in the past 2 years.
According to the homestead guidelines, I am within my rights as the days rented are minimal. (maximum allowed is less than 30 days per year for 2 consecutive years - and I have only done 12 days in 19 months) My concern is that once I put the dates down and email them to her I am admitting to participating in vacation rentals in my neighborhood and the dates. The laws are vague on this subject and forever changing so I don’t want it on paper. I’m not sure how to respond to her or if I even have to? Doesn’t she have the burden of providing proof? Airbnb does not disclose my bookings publicly. This woman just commented on my reviews so she knows that people have stayed there.
NOTE: (My garage is not included in the full house rental so technically I could be living in there during the full house rental. Although, again, since I am well below the allowed days it doesn’t really matter)
I will note that I also rent out the bedrooms on occasion, so neighbors see cars here all the time but since I park in the garage, they don’t really know who is staying and if its a full house rental or a room rental. They probably think I am renting the whole house more than it is. Renting rooms does not matter when it comes to homestead exemption. I still live here. Any suggestions?